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trait

[ treyt; British also trey ]
/ treɪt; British also treɪ /
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noun

a distinguishing characteristic or quality, especially of one's personal nature: bad traits of character.
a pen or pencil stroke.
a stroke, touch, or strain, as of some quality: a trait of pathos; a trait of ready wit.

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Origin of trait

1470–80; <Middle French: literally, something drawn <Latin tractus.See tract1
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British Dictionary definitions for trait

trait
/ (treɪt, treɪ) /

noun

a characteristic feature or quality distinguishing a particular person or thing
rare a touch or stroke

Word Origin for trait

C16: from French, from Old French: a pulling, from Latin tractus, from trahere to drag
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Medical definitions for trait

trait
[ trāt ]

n.

A genetically determined structure, attribute, or function.
A distinct pattern of behavior.
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Scientific definitions for trait

trait
[ trāt ]

A genetically determined characteristic or condition. Traits may be physical, such as hair color or leaf shape, or they may be behavioral, such as nesting in birds and burrowing in rodents. Traits typically result from the combined action of several genes, though some traits are expressed by a single gene.
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